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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is coy over his plans for the side’s Champions League match against Monaco, due to be held on the 17th of March. When asked whether he would be starting with the duo of Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck at Monaco, or not, the Frenchman said that he hasn’t decided on that as yet. Both the players were introduced as late-game subs in the side’s match against West Ham United. However, they did play in the FA Cup quarter final match against Manchester United right from the start.

Wenger was quoted telling reporters: “I haven’t decided yet [whether he will start with Cazorla and Welbeck, or not]. You have to take that a little bit with perspective because the game [against West Ham] was more open, they were fresh when they came on and they have the quality of course.”

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To the victors belong the spoils and a delighted Geoffrey Kondogbia took on reporters post match after dishing out a humbling 3-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates stadium, with Monaco stunning the English giants with some fantastic counter-attacking football.

Kondogbia scored the first goal of the game for Monaco, and was a rock at the heart of midfield for the French side as he quelled attack after attack from the Gunners, who showed little invention with their play and movement.

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Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim has revealed that the young duo of full back Lavyin Kurzawa and winger Yannick Ferreira Carrasco are doubtful for their Champions League round of 16 first leg match against Arsenal today. He said that the pair face a late fitness test today to ascertain their final situation ahead of the game.

A tweet from Monaco’s official Twitter account, read: ‘L.Jardim : « I do not know yet if @layvinkurzawa and Carrasco will be able to play tomorrow. We will test them today." #ARSASM’

 

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that Jack Wilshere is unlikely to play a part in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie against Monaco on Wednesday.

The Frenchman was quoted telling reporters: "I don't think he will be involved [against Monaco], at the weekend [against Everton], certainly."

 

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that Monaco will be a difficult side to break down when his side face them in the Champions League round of 16 tie between the sides later today.

The Frenchman was quoted telling reporters during the pre-match press conference: "It's an interesting game and I'm happy Monaco are back at the top level but now I'm focused on the game. They are a disciplined team who are very strong in defence, well organised and dangerous on the break."

 

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Chelsea will have to fight tooth and nail if they want to hold on to their legendary goalkeeper Petr Cech. The Mirror reports that cash rich French club AS Monaco are hot on the trails of the 32 year old shot stopper.

Jose Mourinho dropped Petr Cech through no fault of his own but ostensibly with an eye on the future. Thibaut Courtois had made it plain that his stay at Stamford Bridge would hinge on first team opportunities and for once ‘The Special One’ had to make special considerations, which meant that Cech became the necessary but unwilling collateral.

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Chelsea are reportedly ready to sell Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku in order to finance a move for Atletico’s Diego Costa or Monaco’s Radamel Falcao, according to the Daily Star. The 20 year old is currently on loan at Everton and has enjoyed a successful season till date. Lukaku has scored nine goals and assisted six in 21 Premier League appearances.

Despite boasting a better goals tally than any Chelsea player barring Eden Hazard, Blues boss Jose Mourinho is less than convinced by the youngster’s qualities and looks set to offload him in the summer. The primary objective behind Lukaku’s sale seems to be the proposed purchase of Radamel Falcao or Diego Costa. It is a well known fact that Mourinho is on the hunt for a lethal frontman, and with Luis Suarez most likely getting Champions League football next season and Edinson Cavani doing his best to mobilize the PSG machine, the Colombian and the Spaniard seem to be the only two choices available.

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